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Bringing Up Daddy Bringing Up Daddy

A broad perspective on the Hollywood dad, looking at important Hollywood fathers from World War II to the present day.

A broad perspective on the Hollywood dad, looking at important Hollywood fathers from World War II to the present day.

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The father is one of the central figures of Hollywood narrative. Despite this, this is the first book to examine cinematic representations of the father. Bringing Up Daddy offers a broad perspective on the Hollywood dad looking at important Hollywood fathers from World War II to the present and discusses films from a variety of genres.

The book looks at films decade by decade and adopts a multifaceted theoretical approach, making use of psychoanalysis, sociology and masculinity studies and contextualising the father figure within both Hollywood and American history.

Key films include: Since You Went Away, Teresa, The Search, Father of the Bride, Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, Home from the Hill, Cape Fear, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jaws, The Great Santini, Kramer vs. Kramer, Ordinary People, Die Hard, Terminator, Three Men and a Baby, Boyz n the Hood, Magnolia, Happiness and American Beauty. In its treatment of the father this unique study discusses why the father is such a seminal character in so many narratives and what he has come to symbolise and represent.

The father is one of the central figures of Hollywood narrative. Despite this, this is the first book to examine cinematic representations of the father. Bringing Up Daddy offers a broad perspective on the Hollywood dad looking at important Hollywood fathers from World War II to the present and discusses films from a variety of genres.

The book looks at films decade by decade and adopts a multifaceted theoretical approach, making use of psychoanalysis, sociology and masculinity studies and contextualising the father figure within both Hollywood and American history.

Key films include: Since You Went Away, Teresa, The Search, Father of the Bride, Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, Home from the Hill, Cape Fear, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jaws, The Great Santini, Kramer vs. Kramer, Ordinary People, Die Hard, Terminator, Three Men and a Baby, Boyz n the Hood, Magnolia, Happiness and American Beauty. In its treatment of the father this unique study discusses why the father is such a seminal character in so many narratives and what he has come to symbolise and represent.

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SKU 9781844571109
Author(s) Stella Bruzzi
Subtitle Fatherhood and Masculinity in Postwar Hollywood
Product contents

Chapter Headings; 1. Since You Went Away: Fatherhood, Change and the Second World War; 2. The Age of the Patriarch: Fathers, Generation and Traditionalism in the 1950s; 3. Revolution and Feminist Unrest: Fatherhood Under Attack in the 1960s and 1970s;

Publisher(s) BFI Publishing
Format Paperback
Original publication date 09/12/2005
Number of pages 240

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